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Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Discovery Series II, Audio, Entertainment System, Navigation System, Performance Mods, SUV
#745 of 5002 Build Date
Jul 05, 2001 (7:15 am)
Hey Tincup- our vin is #YA242528. What's our birthday?
Love the truck thus far- we have camped in it (we are shorter in stature, so folding the seats down and sleeping in the back is not too bad), brought the bikes out (with a hitch mounted Yakima rack- although the back is inaccessible with the rack on) and attended a LR picnic event where we could offroad to the best of our abilities. (She has some minor battle scars too, which adds to my affection for this vehicle!) I have even taken the truck through some fields just for fun. As a passenger noted, "This was fun in our Blazer but it's even more fun to do in your Land Rover!!!!!!"
Only concern is the gas mileage on our 2000 Discovery II- I was expecting an average between the low of 13 and the high of 17 based on the fuel economy blurb on the window sticker. Even with a tank full on highway, we are averaging 14.5. We use 92 octane and run the "econ" for the climate control. Any suggestions on improving the 14.5? I know this isn't a Geo Metro but I would like to try to get better mileage if possible.
Thanks for all of the guidance on this informative board!
PS: I renamed her the Weiner Mobile- for numerous reasons, but it seems to fit her personality!!!!!
Jul 05, 2001 (7:23 am)
Your Discovery was built 9/16/99
Jul 05, 2001 (9:12 am)
I use Syntec 5/50 in winter for the flow capability when it's cold out, and I use 20/50w GTX in summer, with 2 quarts of Syntec replacing 2 quarts of dino-oil. I use Wix 51515 filters (I think that number's right) and love 'em. That Wix is the long-body Fram PH8A replacement.
Some folks report noisy "tappy" lifters... a few months of Syntec seems to wash the crud out and quiet things up. Plus it has a higher flash point so you get fewer deposits on the exhaust valve stems. That's pretty important for '96 GEMS 4.0 trucks.
If you use 20/50w in summer, keep the RPMs down (like below 2k) until the temp gauge comes up off the peg. Otherwise you can pop open the popoff valve in the filter and run all that crud thru your engine again.
Happy Rovering! -Bob
#748 of 5002 reliability/service history of Land Rover Discoveries
Jul 05, 2001 (12:37 pm)
I am looking to buy a late model (96 or newer) Land Rover Discovery with preferably under 70,000 miles. I can only spend about $18,000-19,000 (or less) and would like to know what the service histories of Land Rover owners are? As a rule, is there a certain point where Land Rovers become frequently broken down? Can one buy a Discovery and rely on it to have relatively minor cost repair problems for 70,000-120,000 miles. I have heard some stories that Land Rovers have spotty repair problems especially toward high miles. As I can imagine they are expensive to fix,is the extended warranty worth it? What kind of mechanical problems should I anticipate? How would anyone compare their Rover with cost of ownership to a similar or cheaper SUV? Please let me have any *unbiased* opinions of your experiences.
#749 of 5002 Tomb Raider Defender
Jul 05, 2001 (3:01 pm)
Does anyone know if the Tomb Raider Defender will be offered in the USA for 2002?
Jul 05, 2001 (5:50 pm)
The Defender will not be available in the U.S. before 2004-2005. The vehicle needs a complete dash redesign to comply with U.S. safety standards.
Jul 05, 2001 (7:43 pm)
Check out a CD changer on roverconnection.com or go on E-bay and pick up a used LR CD then just plug and play.
#752 of 5002 04/05 Defender/Vision Award
Jul 06, 2001 (2:25 pm)
Thanks for the Defender information. It will be a good while until 04/05 so, lets forget about the new Defenders for now. What is a Strategic Vision Total Quality Award? I trust this award has more to do with than the view from the drivers seat.
Regards To All,